Branch ornaments / gift tags

This craft is so Martha Stewart.

I didn’t copy her, but I’m sure she has something out there just like this.
I can picture these rustic ornaments hanging on her very tree – and they are so easy to make!

All you need is a fallen branch about 2″ in diameter.
No need to cut anything down – just take a fall stroll through a forest and you will find more than you could ever use.

Cut (or get someone WONDERFUL) to cut the branch down to disks about 1/4″ (.6 cm) thick.

Branch slice ornaments

Once you have all you plan to make, put them in the oven to dry out.  I just turned the oven off after dinner one night and left the disks in to dry out in the waning heat.

Branch slice ornaments

Once they are dry, drill a small hole for the hanger/ribbon/twine to go through and give it a light sanding.

Branch slice ornaments

For this part I used a Silhouette machine – but there would be just as much (if not more) charm in hand-writing something.  The year, your family name – or even draw out a tree.  You could even use a rubber stamp here if you sanded your disk fairly smooth.

If you do draw on your disk – use a Sharpie and make sure it has completely cured before moving on to the next step – you don’t want the ink to bleed everywhere.

Branch slice ornaments

This part is up to the “Artiste”;  I chose to use some more of the sparkle Mod Podge, but you could go glossy or matte or they even have an antique version of Mod Podge.

Branch slice ornaments

Two coats (on both sides) and then string your twine through the hole.

Branch slice ornaments

I love, love, LOOOOOVE these!

My tree may have to go from Vegas-crazy to rustic and charming this year just so I can use these.

HEY!  You could also use these as gift hangers (gift tags)!  Wouldn’t that be a cute addition to a Christmas present?

Branch slice ornaments


Have a great one!

Linked to:
Between Naps on the Porch

2015-05-05T19:11:05-04:00October 11th, 2014|CRAFTS, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS|11 Comments


  1. Sheresa October 21, 2014 at 2:45 am - Reply

    What did you use for your the ink?

    • Shelly November 26, 2014 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      I actually used Silhouette adhesive vinyl and then mod podged over it with a sparkle mod podge – super easy!

  2. Stephanie November 25, 2014 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    What font did you use on your silhouette? These came out beautifully!

    • Shelly November 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      I purchased a small pack called “Christmas Words” that contained all of these words. It was only $1.09 Cdn. Once I had the image up on the silhouette screen on the computer, I selected all, then “ungroup” to be able to separate each out.

      • Tim November 13, 2017 at 10:28 pm - Reply

        hey there. Where did you buy the “Christmas Words” pack? So cute!!

        • Shelly @ November 21, 2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

          They were in one bundle from the Silhouette Studio store – I just separated the words and resized them to fit. Easy-peasy!

  3. […] Branch Ornaments. Source and tutorial – 100 things 2 do […]

  4. Lucy November 30, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    How did you drill the holes? I attempted this and couldn’t get it to work, but it could be that I hadn’t dried the wood enough. Thanks!

    • Shelly @ December 7, 2015 at 11:20 am - Reply

      I just used a regular drill bit, but if you try to drill through a knot it might stop you. Some wood is tougher than others, and yes, if it’s wet it will make a difference as well. Leave the disks in the house to dry out a bit more and/or make sure your drill bit is nice and sharp and it should work. Good Luck!

  5. Denise October 8, 2016 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Have you had an issue with the disks splitting?

    • Shelly @ October 24, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

      Not so far, but it could be if you drill your string hole too close to the edge of the disk. I know this splits wood boards, so it might split bark rings as well?

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: